Environmental recognizes that equity and environmental conditions are inexorably linked. Environmental hazards translate into poor health, loss of wages, and diminished quality of life, particularly for residents of low-income communities that have historically been burdened with a disproportionate share of environmental risk.
OneNYC promotes environmental policies addresses the sources of disparities in health outcomes such as asthma and cardiovascular disease, as well as the environmental impediments to economic opportunity and neighborhood stability. It calls for a more equitable and targeted approach to a broad variety of City services, such as solid waste and storm-water management, tending our open spaces, and environmental remediation.
Through OneNYC, we are committed to:
- Improving air quality in vulnerable communities through reduced and diverted truck trips resulting from implementation of Zero Waste increased barging of waste under the Solid Waste Management Plan, and a freight strategy to shift the movement of goods to rail and water transport. Air pollutant emissions will also be reduced through the accelerated conversions of boilers in buildings and the targeted expansion of mass transit and pedestrian and bicycle networks (Visions 1 and 3)
- Addressing indoor health hazards in homes through initiatives such as New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) mold remediation (Vision 2)
- Improving parks that have received little capital investment and are located in areas of high need, based on higher-than-average poverty, density, and population growth (Vision 3)
- Advancing an aggressive and participatory brownfields redevelopment program that protects human health for those living in close proximity while creating new opportunities for affordable housing development and job creation (Vision 3)
- Reducing flooding in Southeast Queens and other highly affected neighborhoods through a combination of grey and green infrastructure as well as other water management services(Vision 3)
- Developing new mentorship and job training programs to ensure that the city’s workforce benefits from and contributes to the City’s efforts to mitigate climate change and build a more resilient city (Vision 1)
Finally, it is imperative that we empower communities through public dissemination of data and the creation of venues for participatory planning. We need the help of community stakeholders to identify at-risk populations, toxic “hot spots”, research gaps, and effective implementation strategies. Only through the joint deployment of scientific expertise and local knowledge will we achieve clean, healthy, livable, and sustainable communities across the city.